20 Questions for Athena Calderone

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20 Questions for Athena Calderone

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If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?  A chef. I absolutely LOVE food and cooking.

What are you most inspired by?  The colors, tones, and hues found in nature, specifically the horizon at sunset where the sea and sky meet

Who are your style icons?  Audrey Hepburn and Jane Birkin

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Movie interior?  A Single Man

Album?  I will never tire of listening to Bob Marley.

Museum?  New Museum or the MoMA in NYC

Hotel?  Perivolas Hotel in Santorini, Greece

Restaurants?  Franny’s in Brooklyn, ABC Kitchen in Manhattan

Cocktail?  Aperol Spritz

Flower?  Ranunculus

Hostess Gift? A bottle of Proscecco


What paint colors are you obsessed with?  Mysterious and Early Frost, Benjamin Moore

Do you have a favorite room to decorate?  A living or dining room

What patterns are you currently loving?  Ethnic embroidered patterns from Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, Bali, or Morocco

Do you have a decorating cheap thrill?  Paint!

Are there any decorating tricks you swear by?  eBay

One decorating technique you’d never use?  An abundance of bright colors. Less is more in my book.



Where do you go for amazing flowers?  Flower Girl NYC

Who do you love for catering?  The Smile

Are there any local shops you adore?  Factory 20! I also love Ochre, Flair, Canvas, ABC Carpet & Home, and Holler & Squall.

Photo by Stephen Toner

Photo by Stephen Toner

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